Assistant Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Community Engagement - Washington State University
The chief fundraising officer for the WSU Tri-Cities campus, the Assistant Vice Chancellor reports to the Chancellor of WSU Tri-Cities and serves on the staff of the Washington State University Foundation. This senior officer is responsible for directing, planning, and administering the development, public relations, and other related activities at WSU Tri-Cities.
In collaboration with the Chancellor, the Assistant Vice Chancellor establishes the fundraising goals for the WSU Tri-Cities campus and develops methods to accomplish those goals, as well as plans and conducts programs designed to promote the office’s activities and the cultivation of donors. Additionally, the AVC manages a budget, supervises staff, and represents the University to internal and external constituents.
Also in collaboration with the Chancellor and the Marketing, Communications, Public Relations, and WSU Foundation staffs, the Assistant Vice Chancellor develops external relationships and communication strategies that meet development objectives. Overseeing the planning of advancement events, having a leadership role in external relationship building with all constituencies, and assisting in preparing volunteers, as necessary, to participate in the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major gifts are all responsibilities of this administrator.
Qualified candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree and six years of progressively responsible experience, including three years of full-time professional fundraising experience and at least two years in an institution of higher education. Demonstrated success in proposal writing and submission, evidence of the ability to plan and execute a fund drive (i.e. responsibility for a project from conception to realization), proven track-record in face-to-face solicitations of gifts of $25,000 or more, or comparable experience are required.
The preference will be for candidates to have an advanced degree and a minimum of five years of experience in foundation fundraising, preferably in higher education, with a proven track record of securing six-figure, and higher, gifts.
Comparable experience includes six years of progressively responsible full-time sales, marketing, public relations, or advancement experience that has involved direct, face-to-face contact with clients, customers, prospective customers, and members of the public, program oversight and management, clearly defined goals and objectives, and a demonstrated track record of success may be substituted for the experience requirements. A Master’s degree in a related field may be substituted for up to one year of the required experience.
Nominations and Application Process
Confidential inquiries are welcomed; nominations are invited. They should include the name, current position, e-mail address, and telephone number of the individual being nominated.
An application should include a letter describing relevant experiences and interest in the position; a resume; an overview of fundraising accomplishments; and four professional references. References will not be contacted without consent from applicants. Nominations and application materials must be submitted to:
Initial screening of applications begins immediately and will continue until an appointment is made. For best consideration, materials should be submitted by June 9, 2014.
Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting is assisting Washington State University Tri-Cities with this search. The consultants are Emily Parker Myers, President and CEO, and Kenny Daugherty, Executive Vice President and COO.